It is rare to find complete examples of this style of spool knave or chatelaine for knitting or crochet. This piece has a decorative pierced waist plaque with attachment hook at the back, and a short chain passing to a silver holder for the reel. All of these pieces are of sterling silver by Grey & Co. Birmingham, 1908. The actual thread holder is formed from bone (as can be seen from the vessel marks) and is in the shape of a large reel. At the side are two silver knobs – one of which unscrews so that the central rod can be removed and the thread loaded onto the reel and used once reassembled. The condition of the silver is excellent for age but there is some wear and one area of edge loss of the bone which can be seen in the images. These spool knaves are highly desirable to collectors of knitting items or general needlework tools and this would be a lovely example to add to a collection or possibly even to use. Maximum length 6 ins (15.2cm), maximum width of reel 3 ins (7.5cm). Weight 54 grams.
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